Joyful Birthing offers a variety of classes to help parents prepare for birth, baby and all things parenthood.
BREASTFEEDING & NEWBORN CARE CLASSES
Having a baby soon? Get ready for all things baby on the morning of Saturday, May 12th with Ellie Lindenmayer, mother, doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor. Come for one class ($75/couple) or both ($125/couple). Classes are typically offered every other month.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class (1.5 hours): 9:30-11:00
Prepare for a successful breastfeeding relationship, starting at the time of birth, with this comprehensive educational experience. Learn what to expect in the first few days and weeks, how to optimize your milk supply, how to read your baby’s hunger cues, proper positioning and latching techniques, how to optimize the health benefits of breastfeeding to baby and mom in the first six months, common myths about breastfeeding, and how to avoid common problems, such as sore nipples, engorgement, and early weaning.
Topics will include:
Finding the perfect latch, with video demonstrations
Hands-on interactive positioning demonstrations, including the football hold, cross-carry, and natural positions
Common myths & misconceptions that you may even hear from hospital staff or your pediatrician regarding pacifier use, jaundice, glucose levels, alcohol & medication use, putting your baby on a schedule, nipple shields, and supplementation.
Identification of hunger cues & the importance of skin-to-skin contact
How to effectively address common troubles, including engorgement, over supply, and nipple pain
The stages of lactation, colostrum, transitional milk, and how to know when your milk has come in
How to safely enjoy a glass of wine without having to “pump ‘n dump”
Recommendations on nipple creams, using the pump, and when to introduce the pacifier
Preparing to return to work with a breastfeeding baby
Feeding solutions to try before considering formula; an overview of the safest formulas available on the market today
Baby Care Basics (1.5 hours): 11:00-12:30
This class prepares parents to understand & care for the unique needs of a newborn. We will discuss what to expect from your newborn in the first few days, weeks, and months. There will be hands-on demonstrations where you will learn about bathing, diapering, swaddling, and umbilical cord care, leaving you with the confidence to independently care for your newborn from day 1.
Topics will include:
Infant soothing techniques
A typical 24-hour day
Infant sleep needs, co-sleeping, bed-sharing & best practices for infant sleep safety
How to reduce toxic exposure to your baby
What to expect from hospital care & procedures, including the AGPAR score & PKU test
Infant safety– how to safely hold, transport, and wear your baby
Understanding normal, healthy infant characteristics, including urination, bowel movements, breathing patterns, skin tone, burping & spitting up, reflexes, and colic symptoms.
MAY BEYOND BIRTH GROUP SERIES
Did you recently have a baby? Looking for support, access to valuable resources, connection with other moms, and community? Join us to share in the struggles, joys, and realities of motherhood!
Beyond Birth meets for 4-week sessions held on Wednesday mornings from 10AM-noon (the next session will run in May on 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/23). Each session is $150. We focus on a new topic of discussion each week, including self-care, career & identity, relationship with your partner, stress & anxiety management, and more.
You may attend with or without your baby. Mothers with newborns tend to bring their babies while mothers of crawling babies tend to prefer to come alone. Nursing & diapering is expected! There is always time for individual questions and support, including breastfeeding, newborn care, and sleep guidance.
JUNE HYPNOBIRTHING SERIES
Joyful Birthing offers the 12-hour HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method childbirth course every other month in Amesbury, MA. The next group class series will be held in June on Sunday mornings from 9:30-12:30 on 6/3, 6/10, 6/24, and 7/1 (if these dates & times do not work for you, please be in touch as adjustments to the schedule are still possible). The series is for you and partner and can be taken at any point during your pregnancy. Classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer, who brings a uniquely personal element to the class. Having used the method herself for her two births and drawing on her experiences as a mother, birth doula, and lactation counselor, Ellie will prepare you and your partner for birth with honesty, humor, and a wealth of experience in the birthing world. You will leave this class with a renewed sense of calm, confidence, and excitement as you anticipate the birth of your baby.
Topics will include:
The HypnoBirthing philosophy: debunking the myth that childbirth is a painful, horrific ordeal and understanding the importance of a positive expectancy around birth.
Understanding the FEAR, TENSION, PAIN connection, where it comes from, what explains it, and how to avoid it.
Questions you should be asking your provider at your prenatal visits.
The 5 HypnoBirthing Techniques, including breathing, affirmations, visualization, self-hypnosis, and relaxation.
What to expect from the difference stages & phases of labor; how to assess labor progress without a vaginal exam; the importance of your birthing environment.
How to best prepare for a hospital birth; understanding common procedures, interventions and pain-medications; how to effectively communicate your birthing wishes.
Evidence-based research that can help you make the choices that are best for you and your family.
Best practices and positions for optimal fetal positioning & smooth labor progress.
How to best navigate any special circumstances should your labor venture off-course.
Welcoming your baby into the world: the magical hour, how to optimize bonding, benefits of skin-to-skin contact, when to initiate breastfeeding, and understanding newborn procedures, including Vitamin K, Erythromycin Eye Ointment, Hepatitis B Vaccination, and circumcision.
Best practices for early newborn care and breastfeeding.